Jane led a relatively quiet life. She was raised by her Aunt Magnolia, who was an adjunct professor best known for her work as a wildlife photographer. Sadly, Aunt Magnolia was lost on one of her adventures in Antarctica, and Jane was left completely alone. Though able to make ends meet, Jane barely did more than mourn her aunt, work, and construct umbrellas. Construct umbrellas? Yes, you read that right. Jane was a bit of an artist, but her works were elaborately themed umbrellas rather than photographs or paintings. (One of her favorites, for example, looked like a speckled bird’s egg.)
Everything changed, though, when Jane was visited by an acquaintance named Kiran Thrash. Kiran insisted that Jane should come home with her — to her estate, Tu Reviens, for a gala. Though Jane was reluctant to go, she recalled a time when Aunt Magnolia had made her promise that she would go to Tu Reviens if she was ever invited. With nothing much to lose, she agreed. And this was where everything went wacky… Not only did Jane meet a variety of people — everyone from Kiran’s family to the caretakers of the Tu Reviens property — but she also found herself in the midst of a great heist. Right as everyone was ramping up and preparing for the gala, some very famous (and very expensive) artwork went missing.
This was nothing like the Graceling [fantasy] stories, though I don’t think fans of that trilogy will necessarily be disappointed. Jane, Unlimited was very much a mystery/spy story, but it had coming-of-age, romance, and science fiction elements as well. In fact, I can’t imagine having to pin it down to a single genre. Since it is very character driven, and there are SO MANY characters to get to know, it was a little slow for me to get into this one at first. I think that perseverance paid off, but I feel compelled to “warn” readers, nevertheless, that this book has a bit of a Groundhog’s Day feel to it. There were several times where I wondered if I had lost my place and read something over again only to realize that only some, not all, of that information had been revealed before. I can’t say much more without giving away any spoilers, so I will just have to ask you to trust me on this one and read it when it comes out in September. (Hope you like it as much as I did.)